Secretary to the Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG)

Posted 30 days agoExpires in 2 days
London
Employee

The Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group seeks to provide timely and practical advice to the three NIBs to enable them to invest in a way that is distinctly Christian and Anglican. The NIBs use this advice to develop their ethical investment policies in close liaison with the EIAG. The EIAG comprises independent and NIB-nominated experts in areas including theology, investment, business ethics. The EIAG’s world-leading work covers a complex range of issues ranging from climate change to human embryology; from corporate taxation to ‘big tech’. Its work informs church investors and the broader investment community. The secretariat is currently hosted by the Pensions Board on behalf of the NIBs. The Secretary plays a pivotal role in the life of the EIAG. The Secretary advises on policy, leads and commissions research and development of advice, and co-ordinates the EIAG, working with the Chair. A key aspect of the role is commanding the confidence of EIAG members, the NIBs, and wider stakeholders including the Archbishop of Canterbury’s office. This role requires excellent organisational skills combined with sound judgement, diplomacy, and a real passion for making a difference in the world through this work.

To facilitate the mission of the EIAG and the ethical investment work of the NIBs by leading programmes of work and co-ordinating with stakeholders to support distinctly Anglican ethical investment policies.

This vacancy is being managed by Green Park on behalf of the National Church Institutions. If you are interested in this role, please visit https://micro.green-park.co.uk/eiag/ or contact Marsha Isilar-Gosling (0207 399 4309 / email marsha.isilar-gosling@green-park.co.uk) for more details.

Please do not apply via this website.

The main responsibilities for this role are:

  • Enable the development of distinctly Anglican ethical investment policy advice for the NIBs by working with the Chair and NIBs to develop the EIAG programme, and lead the delivery of the work programme, working with members, the NIBs and other stakeholders as required.
  • Commission research and input to support the EIAG’s work, draft advice reflecting the views of the EIAG, and work with the NIBs to ensure that policy recommendations are practical and will lead to real world outcomes. Contribute to the NIBs development of policy in response to EIAG advice.
  • Organise and prepare EIAG meetings, including the timely preparation and circulation of agenda, papers and minutes; provide papers to the relevant NIB trustee committees; and ensure that all EIAG papers are of a high quality.
  • Maintain the EIAG’s ethical investment advice, ensuring that advice and policies are regularly reviewed and refreshed as appropriate; maintain the content of the EIAG’s webpages; prepare EIAG publications; organise EIAG events e.g. high profile roundtable discussions or launches of advice/policies.
  • Ensure the highest standards of governance for the EIAG (including maintaining a register of interests, supporting the work of the EIAG’s Nominations Committee, managing the processes to recruit independent members, and ensuring the best use of resources).
  • Support the Chair and members including ensuring appropriate member induction, including liaison with NIB governance teams as required.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with the NIBs, particularly their responsible investment specialists, as well as relevant representatives from Faith and Public Life (part of the Archbishops’ Council) and the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Participating in the NIB monthly meetings and NIB CEO meetings, and attend committees and team meetings as appropriate. Work proactively with the NCI communication team, particularly on events.
  • Provide high quality briefing materials and share learning with NIB Trustees/CEOs and other stakeholders including the Archbishops and Faith and Public Life on any relevant topic. Draft responses to Parliamentary and General Synod questions on EIAG matters, and co-ordinate responses across the Members, NIBs and other stakeholders as required.
  • Manage the EIAG budget (c£180k pa) including forecasting, preparing budget papers and ensuring that income and expenditure are properly recorded. Manage, as required, consultants, contractors and project teams supporting the EIAG’s work.
  • Act on behalf of the EIAG, in consultation with its Chair, on matters requiring urgent attention (which may include media and other stakeholder communications, either direct or supporting one or more NIBs).
  • Speak at events and conferences about the work of the EIAG and contribute to the broader body of thinking on any relevant ethical investment topic as agreed with the Communications team and line manager.
  • Any other duties as set out in the EIAG Terms of Reference or as may reasonably be required by the line manager or Chair of the EAIG.

The ideal candidate should have:

Essential Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience of theology and/or applied ethics.
  • Experience of financial/ investment markets or a related area.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of, and interest in, investment, ethical investment and environmental, social and governance issues in business and/or financial markets.
  • Experience of policy development and managing programmes of work to produce high quality papers and for senior leadership audiences.
  • Awareness of current policy questions for the Church of England and its investing bodies.

Skills/Aptitudes:

  • A confident and strategic thinker and planner, able to grasp and analyse complex issues and manage stakeholders with diverging interests.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and able to present clearly and concisely to different audiences.
  • Strong administrative and organisational skills, able to ensure that work is delivered in a timely way to a high standard, exhibiting attention to detail.
  • Able to use IT effectively.

Education:

  • Educated to degree level or able to demonstrate skills to an equivalent level (including ability to undertake and present research and conclusions of at least degree-qualified standard).

Personal Attributes:

  • Naturally collaborative, able to work within and across teams, situations, and levels of an organisation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and liaison skills, including being able to exercise diplomacy to get the best out of different teams and individuals with different working styles.
  • Self-starter, comfortable and effective in working in a context where there is limited supervision, competing priorities, interests and views, multiple stakeholders and sometimes tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrates sound judgement.
  • Able to manage personal conflicts of interest (for example where EIAG / NIB policy positions may differ from the Secretary’s own beliefs or values).

Desirable

  • Understanding of the Church of England, its structures, beliefs and values (highly desirable).
  • Experience of policy development in a complex organisation in the public, private or third sector.
  • Experience of undertaking research or policy development in one or more of the policy areas of interest to the EIAG.
  • Experience of managing a budget and consultants, contractors, or project teams.
  • Experience of working successfully with Trustees or non-executive boards, including arranging and managing meetings.
  • Experience of working in roles in financial / investment markets, including responsible investment.

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